Five Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) member countries have confirmed their participation in the upcoming meeting to be host by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
Besides these five members of the MSG countries, Indonesia will also participate as usual as an observer, whereas West Papuan presence is an effort of membership plea within the MSG.
Speaking to this paper, William Soaki from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that preparation is well underway, as they are polishing up their work to ensure facilities are ready for the MSG delegates that will arrive in the country early next week.
Soaki also said that attendance of Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers from these member countries are now confirmed and their arrival schedule would be made available early next week.
He further stated that all MSG meetings will be held at the Heritage Park Hotel.
The MSG summit will show Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama and his delegation, Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman and his delegation, Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his delegation, Socialist National Liberation Front (FLINKS) of New Caledonia with the host country’s Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his envoy.
“Meetings are expected to start on the 18th of June to 24th of June,”Mr Soaki stated.
By AATAI JOHN